babysitter held in drive-through bank robbery with kids in car
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[May 17, 2016]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado babysitter
has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a drive-through bank by
falsely claiming that a man in her car threatened to harm the two
children in her care unless given money, police said on Monday.
Rachel Einspahr, accused of taking two children she was babysitting to
rob a drive-through bank, is shown in this booking photo released by the
Weld County, Colorado Sheriff's Office in Colorado, United States on May
16, 2016. Courtesy Weld County, Colo. Sheriff's Office/Handout via
Rachel Einspahr, 28, is suspected of robbery and two counts of
child abuse in connection with Friday's incident in the town of
Severance, about 55 miles north of Denver, the Weld County Sheriff's
Office said in a statement.
Police said Einspahr went to the Colorado East Bank & Trust
drive-through and sent a note to the teller through the vacuum tube
saying the man would harm her children unless she gave him money.
"The bank teller, under the assumption that lives were in danger,
gave her $500," the police statement said.
Einspahr was arrested in minutes in a nearby neighborhood after
police got a vehicle description and blocked off the area, sheriff's
spokesman Corporal Matthew Turner said in a phone interview on
Investigators determined that no man was involved and that Einspahr
was not the children's mother but their babysitter, Turner said. The
two children were not harmed, he said.
Einspahr was held on a $40,000 cash-only bond and is set to be
formally charged on Wednesday, jail records showed.
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Einspahr could not be immediately reached for comment.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by Curtis Skinner and
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